Monday, June 19, 2017

Colorful coat

Harper and I were having a conversation on who one of my favorite people in the Bible is... I was telling her that I really loved Joseph, she said is he the one with lions, I said no, the coat and she said of many colors, you know that his brothers were mean to him, don't you.. I said yes because of his pretty coat. She said, I don't understand they had nice coats to but theirs was all just one color. That got me to thinking so I looked up the scripture in Genesis 37 to reread it. All I can find says that Joseph was given a coat that was made with many colors, I told Harper maybe since he was one of the youngest sons, maybe his Dad, Jacob took old fabric from all his brothers and made him a coat. To show him that even though they have been around for a while he was  part of this big family. We always been taught in Sunday School that Jacob loved him more because he was born to him at such an old age and we've assumed that the coat of many colors was something more special than what the other brothers wore. But think about it, they weren't really rich people, they were not wasteful people. What if like I said the coat was a heritage symbol and that's why the brothers were jealous, not so much about the pretty coat of many colors but of how Jacob had put so much time and thought into it. As we get older, when life is a little slower, we as adults stop and think more  about the important things of life. We realize that its not always about the money, its not always about self satisfaction, its not always about what will this get me... Life is so much more, but when your young you get caught up in the rat race of life, you have a lot of demands, some are self imposed, and you forget the big picture of family, love and quality & quantity time spent. So maybe the coat of many colors was not just because he was the favorite maybe it was because Jacob realized things he had forgot.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Love & marriage

Today I rented to a young lady who has decided she does not want to be married any longer to her husband of two years. Not because she hates him, or that he's abused her, or had an affair, she actually likes him. She just doesn't want to be married to him.. We are friends with her husband, and I told him I was very disappointed in this outcome and his response was "that's life Tracy."
Josh said I don't get it, if I was going to leave Abby I would at least have to think that I couldn't stand her... Today people think marriage is easy to get rid of, I think that they think can start over and its no big deal.. That haven't realized that marriage is hard work, it can be fun, it can be very rewarding, it can be loving, but there are times when you are in it for the commitment and that alone sometime. But after the dark has passed and you see light at the end of the tunnel you realize that God meant for us to work it out.  Our family are fighters, we will fight it out before we give in to it. But as I also know both parties need to be ready to fight it out, to do whatever it takes to make it work and many would rather walk away than get in the trenches and get dirty. I tell me kids, marriage is what you make of it.. If you put effort, time, patience, love and most of all the commitment you vowed before God, you can make it work but like I said it has to be both of you...I am a little sad because I know the fellow is heart broken even though he won't admit it and I keep hoping she will change her mind.
The meanness inside of me wanted to tell her no to renting and get her butt back home and make this work, but if you can believe it I held my tongue...